London (Dec. 2)
Further evidence that the economic screw is being tightened against German Jewry by the exclusion of “non-Aryans” from a number of professions is presented by the London Times in a column-long article dated from Berlin.
Asserting that 10,000 Jews have recently been deprived of the chance to earn a livelihood in Germany, the article points out that the recent tendency to assume that the effects of the anti-Semitic legislation of the Nazis have been exaggerated (the assumption being based on the fact that Dr. Hjalmar Schacht, Minister of Economics, discourages interference with Jews in commerce) is misleading. Dr. Schacht’s measures, the article declares, were taken merely to prevent disturbance of the economic life of Germany.
Despite these measures, the article continues, it is now apparent that the pressure is continuously increasing, especially against the Jewish professional and small trader. Propaganda Minister Goebbels’ Chamber of Culture is ruthlessly applying the “Aryan” principle, not only to artists, as was recently reported, but also to persons through whom their works are sold. Thus 2,000 Jewish families have been deprived of their livelihood.
By the same method, the Times says, the Chamber of Plastic Arts has succeeded in ousting 500 Jewish artists and their families, and thousands of Jews connected with the press have been deprived of their means of making a living by Goebbels’ press chamber.
Only where Schacht’s edict is enforced is the lot of the “non-Aryan” somewhat eased, the article says in conclusion, citing as an example an instance in Brunswick where recently Schacht intervened to stop the anti-Jewish boycott arranged there after a visit of Julius Streicher, arch anti-Semite and publisher of the Stuermer. When Minister of Economics ordered the withdrawal of pickets from Jewish shops, the public, apparently not agreeing with the anti-Semitic fanatics who placed the pickets, flocked into the Jewish shops to make their purchases.